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If your summer reading has been anything like mine, you’ve been on a great roll! Sure, I’ve had a few books that I haven’t been crazy about, but for the most part the books I’ve read have been great and last week was no exception. Fingers crossed the trend will continue. Right now I’m in Montana again, visiting my two grandkids and their parents. On Tuesday I’ll be flying home and bringing my 6-year old granddaughter, Olivia, with me. We’re both very excited to get to have a good chunk of one-on-one time together. I’ve put together a whole list of fun things to do with her, so this week reading will be moving to the back burner.
Since it’s the end of the month and I have a lot going on, I’ll only be doing one other post this week, but it’s a BIG one. Come back Wednesday for Clearing the Shelves June & July 2019 where I’ll be sharing 5 books I missed doing reviews of the last couple months. It’s a big variety with 3 nonfiction and 2 fiction, plus 2 audiobooks and 3 I read, and the best news is that almost all were books I really liked!
Last Week’s Reads
- I’m eager to talk to others who’ve read Laura Lippman’s new book, Lady in the Lake, because she did a little something with it that has me a bit baffled. Still, this is another book I enjoyed. It will be part of Wednesday’s mini-reviews.
- Another terrific debut, I just loved The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall. The story followed the lives of two men and their wives who end up co-pastoring a NYC church starting in the 60’s. You’d think it would be full of religion, but really it was more about the relationships and each character’s individual versions of faith. I got teary in both the prologue and the epilogue. Review coming in August, but put you name on your library hold list now.
- I’m still listening to A Nearly Normal Family by M.T. Edvardsson and I’m still enjoying it. My week was busy, so I didn’t get in a lot of listening time, but I only have a couple hours left, so should finish it soon. Edvardsson divided this book into three parts, each narrated by a different member of a family where the 18-year old daughter has been jailed for murder. The three different perspectives (with three different narrators) really work well together.
- Many years ago I read a couple books by T. Greenwood that I really liked including Two Rivers, but last year I DNF’d Rust & Stardust, so I was a little nervous about Keeping Lucy. Happily, I’m enjoying this story about a mother in the late 60’s/early 70’s who has a daughter with Down’s Syndrome and, unlike her husband, does not want her daughter institutionalized. I’m about halfway through and the book is working well enough for me to be happy with it.
Likely to Read Next
- I’ve been eager to get my hands on Marilou is Everywhere by debut author Sarah Elaine Smith, but never got approved for an ARC. (I feel like I’ve been black balled by Riverhead!) Anyway, I think I’m going to make it my next audiobook. This coming-of-age story about a poor teenage girl who slides into the life of a missing neighbor should be right up my alley.
- Spending the week with my granddaughter, I probably won’t get much reading in, but when I can it will need to be something on the lighter side. Thus, I’ll be making Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center my next read. I loved How to Walk Away (my review) and have been looking forward to this one.
I hope you have a great week in books!
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